Greater Nashville: June Temperatures Bring Healthy Home Sales

Greater Nashville: June Temperatures Bring Healthy Home Sales
Greater Nashville REALTORS® | Press Release; July 9, 2018

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 9, 2018) – There were 4,036 home closings reported for the month of June, according to figures provided by Greater Nashville REALTORS®. This figure represents a 3.8 percent increase compared to the 3,887 closings in June 2017.

“The market is heating up. With the rising temperatures, we are seeing homes sell in an average of 26 days and for a slightly higher selling price than in previous months,” said Greater Nashville REALTORS® President Sher Powers. “We continue to see inventory increase, which is very exciting for buyers in the months ahead.”

Data for the second quarter of 2018 showed 11,222 closings, up .6 percent from the 11,155 closings during the second quarter of 2017.

There were 3,379 sales pending at the end of June, compared with 3,914 pending sales at this time last year. The average number of days on the market for a single-family home was 26 days.

The median residential price for a single-family home during June was $314,900 and for a condominium it was $221,850. This compares with last year’s median residential and condominium prices of $293,753 and $199,350 respectively.

Inventory at the end of June was 11,087, a more than 25 percent increase from 8,842 in June 2017.

“Currently REALTORS® across the country are focused on the renewal of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP),” stated Powers. “If Congress doesn’t reauthorize the program, it will expire on July 31 denying necessary insurance coverage to homeowners and buyers in more than 20,000 communities nationwide. Middle Tennessee is all too familiar with what flooding can do to an area, and more flooding disasters without insurance will be another blow to a national market already struggling to provide housing for all those who want it.

We urge Congress to extend the NFIP and pass meaningful reforms to ensure the long-term viability of the program.”

View June 2018 Market Graphic Infographic

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Source: Greater Nashville REALTORS®, Press Release 070918

Yun: Spring Was the Season of ‘Unmet Expectations’

Yun: Spring Was the Season of ‘Unmet Expectations’
National Association of REALTORS® | June 27, 2018

1806_May_PHSFor the fifth consecutive month, pending home sales dropped in May—a sign that the recently ended spring buying season didn’t live up to the hype typical for real estate’s traditionally busiest time of year, the National Association of REALTORS® reported Wednesday. Contract signings also eased last month, and a significant sales decline in the South offset gains in other regions of the country.

NAR’s Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, fell 0.5 percent in May to a reading of 105.9. The index is down 2.2 percent on an annual basis. NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun says this year’s spring buying season will be remembered as one of “unmet expectations,” with pending home sales at the second lowest level in the past year. He says inventory shortage is the main culprit. “REALTORS® in most of the country continue to describe their markets as highly competitive and fast-moving, but without enough new and existing inventory for sale, activity has essentially stalled,” Yun says.

However, buyer demand hasn’t slowed, which is evident in quicker sales and strong price growth, Yun says. The troubling reality is that gains in home prices continue to outpace income growth, housing inventory has fallen for 36 consecutive months, and listings typically go under contract in just over three weeks.

“With the cost of buying a home getting more expensive, it’s clear the summer months will be a true test for the housing market,” Yun says. “Several would-be buyers this spring were kept out of the market because of supply and affordability constraints. The healthy economy and job market should keep many of them actively looking to buy, and any rise in inventory would certainly help them find a home.”

Source: National Association of REALTORS®; REALTOR® Magazine Online 062718

Nationally: New-Home Construction Surges to Highest Level in Decade

Nationally: New-Home Construction Surges to Highest Level in Decade
National Association of Home Builders | June 20, 2018

House 1052More new homes entered the pipeline in May than any other month since the end of the Great Recession. Total housing starts increased 5 percent in May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate pace of 1.35 million units, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. That marks the highest housing starts since July 2007.

Broken out, single-family starts rose 3.9 percent to 939,000 units in May—the second-highest reading since the Great Recession. The multifamily sector increased 7.5 percent to 414,000 units. Single-family and multifamily production are now 9.8 percent and 13.6 percent higher, respectively, than a year ago.

“New-home construction activity soared to its highest level in over a decade, which is fantastic news as more housing inventory will be available as the year proceeds,” says Lawrence Yun, chief economist of the National Association of REALTORS®. “Moreover, construction and real estate industry jobs are being created and boosting the economy. [As a result,] GDP growth of 4 percent to 5 percent is possible in the second quarter.”

The Midwest saw the biggest jump in housing production last month, with combined single-family and multifamily housing starts rising 62.2 percent. Meanwhile, starts fell 0.9 percent in the South, by 4.1 percent in the West, and by 15 percent in the Northeast.

“The Midwest region experienced the biggest gain and hence the region will remain more affordable,” Yun notes. “The more unaffordable West region will continue to experience an intense housing shortage, as both housing permits and housing starts fell in that region. For the country as a whole, an additional 20 percent to 25 percent gain in home construction is needed to make the market more balanced.”

Housing starts will likely hit a snag in the coming weeks. Permits—a gauge of future activity—fell 4.6 percent in May to 1.3 million units. The biggest drop in permits was in the multifamily sector, which saw permits tumble 8.7 percent to 457,000. Single-family permits dropped 2.2 percent to 844,000.

“Ongoing job creation, positive demographics, and tight existing home inventory should spur more single-family production in the months ahead,” says Robert Dietz, the National Association of Home Builders’ chief economist. “However, the softening of single-family permits is consistent with our reports showing that builders are concerned over mounting construction costs, including the highly elevated prices of softwood lumber.”

Source: National Association of Home Builders; REALTOR® Mag Online, 062018

Nationally: Home Prices Hit a Record High

Nationally: Home Prices Hit a Record High
National Association of REALTORS® | June 20, 2018

Home buyers can expect to pay more for a home this summer. The median existing-home price for all housing types reached an all-time high in May at $264,800, according to the latest housing report released by the National Association of REALTORS®.

Many markets continue to see a flood of buyers but not enough homes for sale, which is prompting prices to rise and also limiting the number of sales. For the second consecutive month, existing-home sales dropped, even in the midst of a typically busy selling season.

NAR-EHS-May18smTotal existing-home sales—which are completed transactions for single-family homes, townhomes, condos, and co-ops—fell 0.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.43 million in May, the National Association of REALTORS® reported Wednesday. Sales are now 3 percent lower than a year ago.

“Inventory coming onto the market during this year’s spring buying season was not even close to being enough to satisfy demand,” says Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist. “That is why home prices keep outpacing incomes and listings are going under contract in less than a month—and much faster—in many parts of the country.”

Closings were down in a majority of the country last month and declined on an annual basis in every major region, Yun says. “Incredibly low supply continues to be the primary impediment to more sales, but there’s no question the combination of higher prices and mortgage rates are pinching the budgets of prospective buyers, and ultimately keeping some from reaching the market,” Yun says.

May’s Housing Stats

Here’s a closer look at some of the key indicators of the housing market from NAR’s latest housing report:

  • Home prices: The median existing-home price for all housing types was $264,800 in May, an all-time high. Home prices were up 4.9 percent from a year ago.
  • Inventory: Total housing inventory at the end of May rose 2.8 percent to 1.85 million existing homes available for sale. Still, the number of homes for sale is 6.1 percent lower than a year ago. Unsold inventory is at a 4.1-month supply at the current sales pace.
  • Days on the market: Properties typically stayed on the market for 26 days in May, down from 27 days a year ago. Fifty-eight percent of homes sold in May were on the market for less than a month.
    First-time home buyers: This segment comprised 31 percent of sales in May, down from 33 percent a year ago.
  • All-cash sales: All-cash sales accounted for 21 percent of transactions in May, down from 22 percent a year ago. Individual investors tend to make up the bulk of cash sales. They purchased 15 percent of homes in May, down from 16 percent a year ago.
  • Distressed sales: Foreclosures and short sales made up 3 percent of sales in May, the lowest reading since NAR began tracking such data in 2008. Distressed sales are down from 5 percent a year ago. In May, 2 percent of sales were foreclosures and 1 percent were short sales.

Source: National Association of REALTORS®; REALTOR® Mag News, 062018

Inventory Increases Across Middle Tennessee Housing Market

Inventory Increases Across Middle Tennessee Housing Market
Press Release by Greater Nashville REALTORS® | June 7, 2018

House 1048NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 7, 2018) – There were 3,767 closings reported for the month of May, according to figures provided by Greater Nashville REALTORS®. This represents a 4.5 percent decrease from the 3,943 closings reported for May 2017.

Year-to-date closings total 15,396, a 1 percent decrease compared to the 15,606 closings reported through May 2017.

“Greater Nashville had a record setting month last year in May 2017 with the highest number of closings in one month in the history of the region. It is not surprising to see a normalization of the sales in May 2018,” said Greater Nashville REALTORS® President Sher Powers. “The higher number of homes under contract at the end of May 2018, compared to last year, sets the stage for what could be a very strong month of June.”

“Even with rising interest rates we see a healthy and vibrant market with continued strong sales numbers.”

There were 3,575 properties under contract at the end of the month, compared to the 3,540 properties under contract at this time last year. The average number of days on the market for a single-family home was 28 days.

“The increase in residential and condominium inventory is very healthy for the market. We saw a substantial inventory increase in both residential single-family homes and condominiums. This helps balance out a market that has seen a much lower inventory supply.”

The median residential price for a single-family home during May was $299,900 and for a condominium it was $226,000. This compares with last year’s median residential and condominium prices of $279,142 and $205,000, respectively.

Active inventory at the end of May was 9,511 which increased from 8,557 in 2017.

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Source: Greater Nashville REALTORS® Press Release June 7, 2018

 

Greater Nashville April Home Sales Bring Increases in Sales and Inventory

Greater Nashville April Home Sales Bring Increases in Sales and Inventory
Press Release by Greater Nashville REALTORS® | April 7, 2018

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 7, 2018) – There were 3,419 home closings reported for the month of April, according to figures provided by Greater Nashville REALTORS®. This represents an increase of 2.8 percent from the 3,325 closings reported for April 2017.

Year-to-date closings total 11,629. That is a .3 percent decrease compared to the 11,663 closings reported through April 2017.

“Home sales for the second quarter started with the types of positive gains expected for this time of the year,” said Sher Powers, Greater Nashville REALTORS® President. “The most encouraging gain is in inventory, particularly in the residential and condominium classes.

“While demand has remained high, the supply struggle has had a mild impact on our market,” said Powers. “The addition of inventory from new home construction and current homeowners placing their homes on the market is welcomed by potential buyers and will provide a modicum of relief to the supply-demand tension.”

There were 3,430 sales pending at the end of the month, compared to the 3,540 pending sales at this time last year. The average number of days on the market for a single-family home was 32 days.

The median residential price for a single-family home during April was $295,000 and for a condominium it was $222,750. This compares with last year’s median residential and condominium prices of $275,000 and $195,255, respectively.

Inventory at the end of April was 8,876, up from 8,481 in 2017.

“A growing supply of homes in all price ranges is a must for a healthy and balanced market,” said Powers. “It provides housing opportunities and options for immediate buyer needs, which is important currently. But, with announcements like the relocation of the AllianceBernstein headquarters to Nashville later this year, a solid inventory is also necessary to provide a depth of options for future buyers.”

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Source: Greater Nashville REALTORS®, Press Release 050718

Nationally: Despite Buyer Demand, Contract Signings Fall

Nationally: Despite Buyer Demand, Contract Signings Fall
National Association of REALTORS article by Daily Real Estate News | April 30, 2018

Pending home sales picked up the pace in March, but ongoing issues related to low inventory kept contract activity below year-ago levels, the National Association of REALTORS® reported Monday. NAR’s Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, inched up 0.4 percent to a reading of 107.6 in March. Despite the uptick, overall activity was down on an annualized basis for the third consecutive month.

Mar18_PHS“Healthy economic conditions are creating considerable demand for purchasing a home, but not all buyers are able to sign contracts because of the lack of choices in inventory,” says NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun. “Steady price growth and the swift pace with which listings are coming off the market are proof that more supply is needed to fully satisfy demand. What continues to hold back sales is the fact that prospective buyers are increasingly having difficulty finding an affordable home to buy.”

Regionally, pending home sales dropped by the largest amount in the Northeast, falling 5.6 percent month over month in March and 8.1 percent year over year. Yun says multiple winter storms and colder than usual weather contributed to the decrease. Meanwhile, contract signings rose by 2.4 percent in the Midwest but are 6 percent below a year ago, and they were up by 2.5 percent in the South but are just 0.3 percent higher than a year ago. Pending home sales fell in the West by 1.1 percent month over month and are now 2.2 percent below a year ago.

“Much of the country is enjoying a thriving job market, but buying a home is becoming more expensive,” Yun says. “That is why it is an absolute necessity for there to be a large increase in new and existing homes available for sale in the coming months to moderate home price growth. Otherwise, sales will remain stuck in this holding pattern, and a growing share of would-be buyers—especially first-time buyers—will be left on the sidelines.”

Source: National Association of REALTORS®; Daily Real Estate News 043018